I'd truthfully, even though you didnt mention it, save up and get a 6850 or 6870 since they are around 200 bucks most of the time, and they are close to the 5850s and 5870s which a 5850 is just about twice as fast as a 4850, so a 6850 would be a good upgrade
Damn, you guys are going to make me broke. I could afford one of the 6850's but with Christmas and all I am already spending alot of money.
Was also thinking since my system is pretty old, I would just get a decent card for about 100 bucks then eventually build a new system. I don't want to upgrade my current comp because its a crap pre-build that i got from circuit city. With the mobo I cant even overclock the cpu and I even heard that my windows OS could be locked to my mobo.
The 6850 looks very temping, though iirc most of the games i had trouble running were cpu heavy games.
Would it be possible to buy a new mobo that is compatible with the rest of my components like my cpu, ram, ect. then get an aftermarket cpu heatsink and overclock it?
or is this harder than i think?